Garage café is an Indonesian restaurant located in a garage near the University of Melbourne. As I was craving for some Indonesian food, I decided to go there with my roommate, L.
First of all, what a destructive service. When L and I ordered at the cashier, the lady at the cashier demanded us to rush our order despite only being there for merely 30 secs and we had NOT even looked at the menu. I thought she was a type of person who likes to do everything quick but no, I was WRONG. I sat near the cashier and I was watching her the whole time. She was friendly to the whites (not racism) but rude to Asians. I heard she mumbled lama (means: so slow in Bahasa) to an Indonesian boy who ordered a food. Of course she said it when the boy was gone. But after that, she was smiling and seemed not mind if a white took a long time to order her or his food and even chatting with them for almost 10 to 15 minutes.
Ayam Penyet ($11)
Consists of fried chicken, fried tofu, fried tempeh, egg, rice and sambal.
The seasoning was all right but the chicken was too dry. Not liking it at all especially when the rice was too tough and crumbly and the fried food was more like fried batter. Not the worse ayam penyet in my entire life but neither it was the best.
Chicken Mie Goreng ($11)
The texture of the noodle was perfect but it was a tad too sweet. I would like it if they toned down the sweet soy sauce.
From the devastating service to outrageous food. I would not come back and dine at Garage Café. If I’m craving for Indonesian food, there are still plenty of Indonesian restaurants in Melbourne at which I can appreciate the food.
Crushing On: Francis Underwood Burger & Bacon Milkshake
Crush Level: 8/10
Date of Visit: 25/03/2015
Grand Trailer Park Taverna is one of the hottest burger places in Melbourne CBD. The restaurant was decorated as to resemble a bus. The interior was undeniably cute and pretty.
Francis Underwood ($16)
The buns were pillowy and the mac & cheese croquette was crisp. The beef patty was tender and juicy so it was perfect. However, the cheese flavor was quite strong so when I ate a lot, it turned a little salty. But still tasty.
My friend (D)’s dish. She said that the burger mostly consists of meats and it was gorgeous with abundance of cheese and mayo sauce. The burger will please all carnivores out there.
Makers Mark Bourbon, Salted Caramel, Maple Bacon ($17)
It was lovely, thick and a little bit milky. The alcohol was more intense than any other alcohol milkshake that I’ve ever tried.
Great burger place in CBD, definitely a place that you have to try at least once. You also have to try the irresistible alcohol milkshake.
Address: 70 Little La Trobe Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Opening Hours: 5:30PM-1AM
Crush Level: 7.5/10
Crushing On: Obviously the Palsaik Set
Date of Visit: 23/03/2015
I was a little confused when I arrived at the place because it is written on the signboard that the restaurant’s name is not Changgo but Palsaik and from what I knew, Palsaik is a name of another restaurant in Chinatown. And I just realized that both restaurants are literally the same.
My favorite part of the banchan was the refreshing pickled radish because the kimchi was too spicy for me.
Palsaik Set ($58.80) – Wine, Original, Ginseng, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste, Red Pepper Paste
The most interesting flavor was the ginseng and the curry. The others did not really give an equally intense taste as the ginseng and curry. Nevertheless, all of them were luscious.
Complimentary seafood soybean paste stew sauce
I didn’t dare to even sip a drop of it as it looked as red as a lava. But my sister enjoyed it well.
Crunchy enough to please us
Premium Beef Rib ($17.80)
Prominently tender and it had its natural sweetness.
Ox Tongue ($17.80)
Ox tongue is my most beloved dish in Korean BBQ restaurants and I was quite devastated when I put the meat inside my tongue. It was a bit hard bitten and I needed to chew for a long time before I could swallow it.
Sauces: Salt and sesame oil + gochujang
If you enjoy salty food more than spicy food then you can dip the meat into the sesame oil sauce but if you are eager to try some chili then you can dip it in the gochujang sauce. The gochujang sauce was a little saltier (not too salty) compared to other restaurants so it was more gratifying.
Both branches (palsaik and changgo) are satisfying but I prefer palsaik more as the food and service are certainly better.
Crushing On: Pan fried soft shell crab with chili mayo sauce and sweet and sour sauce; Som Tum soft shell crab.
Crush Level: 8/10
Date of Visit: 21/03/2015
Jinda Thai is one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Melbourne at the moment (even surpassing Ying Thai). My family and I had to wait for 20 minutes before we can find a seat. The staff told us that it is better to make a reservation at least a week before to avoid disappointment. Actually, we came here before but we were told to come back 2 hours later because all the tables were fully booked until 9PM. So, we decided to just eat somewhere else. But luckily, we were able to nab a table on the 2nd visit.
Som Tum Soft Shell Crab ($12.90)
The crab was pleasingly crunchy but also soft like cotton and the sauce was intensely sour and spicy, which can tingle your tongue with excitement.
Pan Fried Soft Shell Crab with chili mayo and sweet and sour sauce ($7.90)
The crab was still awesome. For the sauce I prefer the chili mayo cause it was not that spicy and I am just a bit bias towards anything with mayo.
Fish Cake ($7.90)
The fish cake was succulent and flavored adequately. Like most Thai dishes, this one is also spicy.
Kor Moo Yang ($15.90)
Grilled pork neck is one of my favorites of Thai cuisine and I would be really upset if the restaurant does not do any justice to the dish. I am extremely glad that Jinda Thai has succeeded in executing the dish beautifully. The meat was undeniably juicy and full of flavor.You can enjoy it with the sticky mango rice but I prefer not to due to my weak stomach.
Beef Pad See Ew ($12.90)
The dish was also enjoyable but it was a tad too sweet for my taste bud.
Guay Jub ($6)
First time trying the dish, I was surprised of the fact that it was only $6! A bit sweet but not as sweet as the pad see ew. I didn’t try anything else other than the rice noodle but it surely was delicate.
Chicken Green Curry ($14.90)
Savory, thick, and warming. I love the chunky chicken pieces.
Thai Iced Tea ($3)
Perfectly cold and invigorating.
I was a bit upset of the fact that I had to wait for almost 30 minutes to nab a table at Jinda Thai. However, it all paid off when the dishes were served to our table. Jinda Thai is currently my numero uno Thai restaurant.